Pupils call the shots in Artsdepot design project

The Ove Arup Foundation has announced support for an Artsdepot project, based in Barnet, North London.

Building on a successful pilot engaging an architecture practice in a school’s project, Artsdepot will deliver an architecture and design project throughout Autumn 2018, aimed at inspiring disadvantaged children and young people, as well as enriching the school environment.

Through this project they will place the architecture practice NEON in five Barnet schools and invite pupils to consider the built environment and the design process that supports the creation of our public spaces and environments. Participating schools will be selected based on deprivation profiles coupled with their commitment to creative learning at a time of retracting support for creative and technical subjects in schools.

Each school will have a budget of £1,000 to spend on capital improvements, and NEON architects will help the pupils consider the built environment and come up with ideas for projects which will make practical and aesthetic improvements. The pupils will go through a design process where they will make decisions over developing and delivering the best ideas.

An exhibition documenting the process will run in Artsdepot’s Apthorp Gallery in December 2018.